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: Keep a eye out for me

08-22-2004, 09:20 PM
My fishing rig was stolen from in front of my house today while I was home at 2pm. I had planned to go fishing this evening and had put a few things in the car. It is a silver 85 FJ60 Toyota Landcruiser with 113000 original miles.

I guess it was good I had not brought out the waders and reels yet but still lost a ton of stuff. Hopefully they will find it with the stuff still in it..yeah right.

So if any of you see any of this stuff on the market let me know:

CND Custom 1307
Simms guide aquastealth studded boots in size 12
Chota felt boots in size 12
3 swing leaf wheatleys with ALL the steelhead flies I own in them.
Ross Gunnison 3 and spare spool with floating and intermediate line
Bucks bags chest pack with a flask of makers mark in the back
Patagonia deep wading jacket in XL.

F***! Now that I write the list I guess I lost more than I thought. I better start tying as I no longer own any steelhead flies and I gotta buy some boots. At least they did not get my G3 waders...


08-22-2004, 09:36 PM
Sean, this is terrible, and I hope for a good resolution. In the meantime, I ask that you post a list of flies and sizes that you regularly fish. I'll help fill the order.

North Island
08-22-2004, 09:38 PM
Very sorry to hear this kind of news

08-22-2004, 10:16 PM

That just sucks. I am keeping my fingers crossed that they find it quickly and those that took it have no idea of what they have.

08-22-2004, 10:33 PM
I hope EVERYONE keeps their eye out for Sean's rig, and spreads the word far and wide. We'll find these sleazebags.

Also, Sean - get that box #!!!

08-22-2004, 10:55 PM
I've sent you a PM.

Juro you've got mail.

Big K1
08-22-2004, 11:38 PM
Sean that really sucks. I really hate thieves. :mad: Hopefully it is someone who just
wanted to go for a joy ride and your rig will be found with everything in it.


08-23-2004, 08:50 AM

Sorry to hear about this BUT YOU COULD AT LEAST KEEP YOUR TANK FULL OR LEAVE YOUR WALLET ON THE FRONT SEAT! And where is the cane? I mean come on I'm not into stealing other folks vessels just wanted the rod.

Really sorry to hear this, hope they find it soon, I've only been ripped off once and I really felt violated so I know how you must feel. We will be looking in the pawn shops for your gear.

08-23-2004, 09:28 AM
Well I sleep with my bamboo so that is why it was not in the car :biggrin:

It has been a surreal experience. I actually saw the person driving off in my car but since I was home with a sleeping baby there was not a whole lot I could do. It really sucks and fishing just aint going to happen for a while now that we are a one car family again. Seeing that I have a new roof and basement remodel in the works I sure hope they find that thing in one piece or I aint fishing till the spring.

Thanks for all the well wishes,


08-23-2004, 11:34 AM
Sleeping with Bamboo, EH? Didn't the Pope once say that is an exceptable form of natural birth control?

No worries about "headache honey" there Sean. :D

08-23-2004, 01:34 PM
Sean what's the plate of your cruiser, color, condition. I live north of you in Stanwood and will keep my eye out for you. I hate theives. Sorry about your loss.

08-23-2004, 01:41 PM
Have the plate number written down at home as I had not memorized it yet. Will post it later.

However it should be easy to spot:

It is silver.

Has "Catch and Release Wild Trout" plate holder on the back.

CND Sticker on the center top of the back window.

A Hula Girl on the dashboard.

No dings on it. Very Good Condition...or at least it was.

Thanks for the help,


08-23-2004, 02:16 PM
Well I hope to God "the hat" wasn't in it.

08-23-2004, 02:18 PM
Nope I sleep with that as well :chuckle:


Dble Haul
08-25-2004, 11:29 AM
well there are some real Homo's out there...

Homos? :tsk_tsk:

Blatant homophobia doesn't fly here. It stinks that there are people out there who will steal the property of others, but does that make them gay?

Your generalizations, not necessarily limited to this thread, are troubling.

Sean, sorry about your stuff. I hope it all works out for you in the end.

08-26-2004, 11:07 AM

The offending post has been deleted by Havoc.


Simon Hsieh
08-26-2004, 02:50 PM
Does the license plate have something like "flyfishing" in it, I remember? That car has a great history with flyfishing. It had been with fly fishermen for 5 or 10 years. It may know rivers better than some of us. A great companion. Who would want to steal a car like that from a fly fisherman? Hope you can get it back, Sean.


08-26-2004, 03:00 PM
Yes it was owned by a very cool women who was a flyfisher. It was the primary fishing rig for a group of women who were more hardcore about fishing than I ever will be. From what she told me many a late night was spent tying flies on the tailgate all over Idaho and Montana. She had given the truck the name "The Silver Sister" which I kept as it seemed the perfect name for this truck.

It had "Catch and Release Wild Trout" plate holders which were put there by her and was what sealed the deal when I went to look at the truck. In fact I had just cleaned it out a few nights ago and found some of the flies they must have tied stuck under the seats. Looked like some unlucky trout had mangled them.

Man I miss the silver sister....


08-28-2004, 11:43 PM
Sean, I just got back in town, sorry to hear of your bad luck. I will let you know I have two friends who had their LC's stolen a 60 and a 62 both were only joy rides and nothing was taken from either. Hope your luck is the same,


01-22-2005, 12:51 AM
News Flash...

Just got a call from the cops. They found my truck 5 months to the day. Headed out to the impound to see what is left of her....


01-22-2005, 01:38 AM
Hopefully, it won't be hurt badly, if at all.

01-22-2005, 01:53 AM
Well the news aint so great after all. The car was recovered 2 weeks after it was reported stolen. The seattle police department and lincoln towing failed to try and contact me until tonight. Even though I have been calling them bi-weekly to check if it had been found. Now I owe impound fees for 4 months which comes in at a cool $5800. Almost as much as the truck is worth. I may have no recourse but to let it go cause no way i am paying that kind of cash because the police and towing yard failed to do thier job.

Will find out more tomorrow but it is looking grim....


Big K1
01-22-2005, 02:00 AM
That is such a bunch of BS Sean. The truck was reported stolen? If it was then the police and or the impound yard should have contacted you. I smell a rat! You owe nothing.

01-22-2005, 02:06 AM

It sounds like a lawyer may be prudent because there is no excuse for either the police or Lincoln Towing not informing you they had the vehicle.

I hate to say this, but it sure smacks of scamming (if not autright fraud) on their part since by keeping you in the dark about it being recovered two weeks after it was stolen (despite your b i-weekly calls) and then 5 months later contacting you that they have it pretty much guarantee a person is going to let the vehicle go because the impound fees add up to the point where you end up paying for your vehicle a second time. I strongly suspect an attorney would be able to do something to get the fee reduced to a reasonable 2 weeks impound fee.

01-22-2005, 02:39 AM
Ok things are looking a little more promising. Just got off the phone with the police and it looks like the towing company is at fault. The plates were switched out on my rig for another stolen cars and they failed to report the VIN number to the police and just went off the plate number. The police did a big sweep in the last few days of the VINs of all the cars in the impound lots and my truck came up.

Apparently this is looked at as negligence on the towing companies part by the police. They have some sway to demand the towing company not charge me all the impound fees seeing as that practice is pretty close to fraudulent behavior.

So I gotta wait until Monday to talk to the stolen vehicle unit and go from there. If it is proven the towing company screwed up (which they did) my out of pocket expense should be minimal.

Good news is the car has no visible damage , even the ignition appears to be in tact, so I may get the truck back in as good of shape as it was when it was stolen. It could have only been in the thieves hands for a very short period of time so that should minimize any damage or missing parts. Hopefully my fishing gear happens to be in there as well.


01-22-2005, 06:07 AM
Hope all your gear is still there. It sure sounds to me like what Flytyer said about the attorney would be a good way to go if they try to stick you with the huge fees. I don't think you should have to pay a cent when you were calling and they let it slip through the cracks. You ought to charge them fees for not getting it back to you sooner. Good luck.

01-22-2005, 06:49 AM

Alright Sean!!! Can you believe those putzes at the impoundment firm :confused:

I would begin by talking to the Attorney General's office. You are in effect a consumer and a victim of the company who is hired by the police to do a job, which they failed miserably.

I do believe they owe you, it doesn't cost anything but time to go to small claims court for cases under $5k. I am sure there are many on the site here who have some legal background and can help you; I know of a few personally.

By the implication that the impoundment time is worth $5800 you have the grounds by which to assess the value of the time lost. I would sue them for half the amount as damages, or something just reasonable enough to pass in small claims without much ado. You guys have recently had a child, what a time to lose your car due to their negligence! You have had to rely on public transportation to work the entire time.

There must be something we could all do to help.

salt dog
01-22-2005, 01:05 PM
Good fortune to you Sean, obviously with a hidden hook to it.
Equity favors the vigilant, and with that in mind do note that if you have received any kind of written notice of right to an impound hearing, you must respond within 10 days or loose your right to contest the improper impound.

What the tow operator is required to do is set out by statute, which can be found here:

The general requirements for towing and impoundment are found here:

There likely are other requirements upon a tow operator imposed upon them as a part of their licensing conditions, found in the Washington Administrative Code. The impounding police agency will also have written rules that the tow operator must follow. Violation of procedure (which is obvious here) should result in waiver of all of the excessive charges, except for those attributable to the minimum that should have been normally charged had they timely performed their obligations.

Check with your insurance agent, there may be coverage for this as it results from a theft, which should be a covered casualty in your policy. Contact your insurance agent: they have a vested interest in handling this expeditiously as they should be on the hook for the loss (including contents), and may fight the battle for you.

Keeping in mind the time limits for demanding a hearing, work with the police agency to resolve the matter amicably, timely doing any follow up, and consistently contacting them, making written note of who, what when of all communications.

Contact the yard for a look at their inventory sheet re contents, and an inspection. I'll keep my fingers crossed that the thieves didn't know the value of your gear.

Best of luck.

01-24-2005, 09:37 PM
Well the news sucks.

Finally got them to re-run the VIN to convince the towing company it is indeed my car and was able to get a look at her. Well the cruiser is no longer a perfect condition car. Looks like the aholes who stole it liked to ram telephone poles. The engine seems OK but the car is filled with cigarette butts and bodily fluids and smells awful.

Still going to try and bust her out cause I am sure I amy get a couple grand for it in parts at the very least. Probably going to have to go to court to get the impound fees waived...

Also none of my gear was there. All that was left was 1 size 12 royal coachman stuck in the dash.

Thieves suck and I guess I will be buying a new car afterall.

R.I.P Silver Sister,


Big K1
01-24-2005, 09:46 PM
Bummer!!! Thieves suck!!!

01-24-2005, 10:52 PM
Well I spoke too soon :mad:

Sorry to hear that Sean. I think you have a good case to waive the fees in fact I still they owe you for such a screw up.

01-24-2005, 11:21 PM

I'm sorry to hear this last bit of news on it as well.

01-25-2005, 08:07 AM
Sorry to hear about your loss. :( I don't know what's worse, the fishing gear or the car!

01-30-2005, 01:29 AM
To wrap this little saga up:

So we finally got a hold of a state trooper who called the towing company and within 10 minutes the towing guy called us back apologizing for the problem and waived all the fees. They even towed the truck back to my house for free when I was unable to get her started! Guess the trooper must have put the fear of god in them. So it ended up working out.

The gas cap was off and a wet sock was shoved in there and after 5 months of sitting in impound a lot of water got into the gas. Drained the gas tank and changed the fuel filter and the silver sister roared to life. She drives just as well as the day she was stolen. Those 2f engines are remarkable. I will be a toyota customer for life. They build solid vehicles.

So all is well. Will probably still be selling here due to the body damage and bad juju but at least I will get something out of her. Will be replacing with 93-97 Landcruiser, with an alarm :Eyecrazy:

Thanks everyone who sent flies and well wishes. I really appreciate it.